It all started in the...
80’s, when The Emergency Aid Coalition, chaired by our own Linore Lounsbury was contacted to help with the homeless in our community. At that time, the old YMCA only housing men, not women.
In 1990, a group of people formed the Homelessness Task Force, with the vision to have a place for homeless families to find support, solace and help getting their lives together. The leader of this group was Fr. James Snodgrass, minister of St. Stephens Church.
In 1993, a house was purchased next door to St. Stephens. A group of believers, one being Marion Scott, helped The Genesis House start the adopt a room campaign. Many area congregations used bricks and sweat to prepare the house.
Dan Carr was hired as the first Executive Director in 1994, Genesis House was granted 501-C3 status, and the first family came in January of 1995.
In February 1995, the house was dedicated. At that time the Founding Congregations were Bethany Lutheran Church, Christ United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, St. Mary of the Angels Roman Catholic Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and Temple B’Nai Israel. Linore Lounsbury was on the first board of directors. The following congregations have since been added : The Islamic Society of the Southern Tier, Immanuel Lutheran Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church, and St. Bonaventure Parish.
In 2009, we opened the men’s shelter, which can house three men and a manager. During 2017, the men's shelter served 28 men and a total of 3,408 meals were provided through the shelter.